Let’s get honest for a second- I have never bought my own car, until now. I went 25 years of my life without MY OWN car, and it felt like crap. When I first got my license, I got my mom’s hand-me-down car that I used until I drove it into the ground. When it was time to go off to college, I paid the down payment of $777 on a car that my parents paid the rest for, which I also drove into the ground in about 5 years. When I had our son and moved to his hometown, my boyfriend bought a mom-mobile that was technically “his,” but I drove it as my own. Although I was extremely grateful, I couldn’t handle being so dependent.
I wanted to buy my own car and give his back so badly for years, but I knew I was never going to be able to do it. I was making next to nothing at my day job, which was covering groceries and some small bills. It wasn’t until freelance writing became a legit side-job of mine that I even began to consider actually buying a new car. Making $1500 a week from writing alone gave me the balls to get the ball rolling and start looking.
I knew I wanted a car that had 4 wheel drive, 3 rows of seating, and all the extras, but there was a problem. The car I wanted was almost $30K, and that was WAY out of my comfort zone. The heart wants what it wants, however, and I was bound and determined to make it work. I talked with the bank, worked my ass off to get as much income from writing as I could, and I did it. From freelance writing alone.
I have never had more than $500 in my bank account at one time (aside from tax time), so I was scared shitless of trying to save up $3500 for a down payment. I told my boyfriend that I was going to try do it in 3 months, and we both laughed a little, because of how impossible it seemed. I had my $3500 down payment saved in less than a month. I still can’t believe I was able to do it, because I have never had that much money in my life.
The purpose of this is not to brag, or sound full of myself; the purpose is to motivate. I want you out there who felt trapped just like I felt to realize that you have it in you too. I know it’s overused, but its true: if I can do it, anyone can do it. When you want something bad enough, you will do what you have to do in order to get it.
After I saved up the down payment and got the loan from the bank, I picked up my beauty and never looked back. It’s been almost 3 months and I still can’t believe she’s mine. My dream car, that I didn’t compromise on at all, was within reach. My freelance writing has saved up the next 6 month’s payments, and I hope to pay it off completely in the next year.
By following my wildest dreams I was able to create my own business, and I have had an amazing time doing it. Not only is writing something I love to do, but I am able to help my family out SO much with the extra income. Buying my own car has made me a happier person, which improves life on all fronts. It’s not always about the money, but for me it’s about the freedom. Feeling like I am able to help my boyfriend out makes me feel a little better, because he has held most of the financial burden for so long now, and I can tell it stresses him out sometimes. Don’t be afraid to take the leap and follow your dreams- you never know where it will take you!
Did you follow your dreams before, even when they seemed slightly crazy? How did that change your way of thinking? How did your life change after you did what you never thought you could? Drop a line in the comments!
Gabrielle is a mother, student, and freelance writer. She has been writing her whole life, and she has been doing it professionally on and off for a year and a half. She is passionate about health and wellness, and her favorite kind of writing to do is storytelling. She has grown her writing business to a full-time income and wants to help others do the same.
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